Spent some of the Ascension Holidays at Doverodde Bookart Festival a beautiful meeting place for book artists and visitors at the waters of the Limfjord in North Jutland, Denmark. This year’s theme was ‘On the margins’ (In Danish, ‘Udkant’).
Together with Nina Hobolt, art historian, researcher and former museums director, and Nancy Cambel, poet, printer, and for the last month writer-in-residens at Doverodde, I was invitedto select works for the categories best interpretation, most classic and most experimental piece. With so many exciting and beautiful entries – and a quality that was indeed very high – it was great to realize how easy we agreed onTatiana Ginsberg’s Existence Doubtful
Tommelise Haldrup Pettersen’s On the Margins
and Lucas Kunz’ Radio Grams. (NB. Lukas Kunz’ Radio Grams was also represented at the 6th International Artists’ Book Triennial in Vilnius)
Anyway, it’s the 4th festival and the development is rather promising. I see still more artists – especially from abroad – participate in person. This year it was a particular pleasure to meet colleagues from as far away destinations as Singapore and Canada – along with artists from UK, Norway, Germany and the Netherlands.
The Festival is placed in a beautiful restored old warehouse/merchant house by the waters of the Limfjord, where you can meet and enjoy the artists’ books at the exhibition, browse the market stalls, try out your own hand at one of the artist-led workshops of book and paper crafts, and take part in the Book Art Symposium a forum for formal discussion of the genre, all in an inviting and inspiring atmosphere and vivid conversation – in English.